Liz Barker, MA
Associate Therapist + Team Lead, Assessment & Intake Department
Master’s Degree: MA, Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Concentration, University of St. Thomas
Bachelor’s Degree: BA/BS General and Applied Psychology, Bemidji State University
I work with children, adolescents, and adults in need of support during times of heightened stress, change, transition, or loss. Because life can be complicated, you’ll find that my approach to therapy is not “one size fits all” but is integrative and collaborative, blending a variety of techniques to best meet your needs. My hope is you’ll find me welcoming, nonjudgmental, authentic. Throughout the course of therapy, my goal is to create a caring environment that feels safe to explore and discuss difficult topics, paving the way for new understandings, relationships, and habits.
My philosophy rests on a relationship-focused foundation that is respectful and empowering. I often incorporate brain-based, attachment, narrative, and family therapy interventions. These include art and play therapy techniques; parenting support and coaching; processing trauma and creating new narratives; creating and implementing behavior plans; and teaching mindfulness practices, relaxation techniques, and other coping skills.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Wisconsin (License #1092-124), and I am currently pursuing reciprocity licensure with the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. I have experience in a wide variety of settings including outpatient private practice, inpatient psychiatric treatment, school-linked mental health programming, and residential treatment centers. I am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), a relational model for treating trauma in children and adolescents, and I am certified in PrepareEnrich, an assessment used in premarital and couples counseling. My professional associations include the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as both Minnesota and Wisconsin Associations of Marriage and Family Therapy.
When I’m not at work, you can find me spending time with friends and family, spoiling my nieces and nephews, day-tripping to the North Shore, planning adventures with my husband, and hiding from winter. I enjoy coffee, live music, singing (though not terribly well), reading, trying the occasional new recipe, and dabbling in painting and sketching.
SPECIAL CLINICAL INTERESTS
Crisis and risk assessment
Grief, loss, transition
Trauma and stress reactions
Depression and anxiety
Family, couples, and relational counseling